Battle of the Small Businesses

(SIOUX CITY, IA) Comments and advertisements from the Romney campaign have sparked a battle between small business owners, and part of that conflict is happening right here in Sioux City.

A few months ago, President Obama made a campaign speech that included the phrase, "If you have a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen."

Ever since, the Romney campaign has been using that phrase to prove President Obama isn't in favor of entrepreneurs, but the Obama campaign says the statement was taken out of context.

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life," said President Obama. "Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges, if you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen."

The Romney Campaign put out a campaign ad shortly after featuring a small businessman criticizing the President.

Out of context?

Politifact says Yes. They say in their fact-checking article "Obama was talking about the importance of government-provided infrastructure and education to the success of private businesses."

For Scott Eldridge, owner of Square Tire in Sioux City, that's not what a sign in front of his business is about.

For him, it comes down to the age-old question, what came first? The chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, infrastructure or small business?

"I think President Obama is completely wrong in saying that those things created business. Business created all those other benefits, for people, by paying significant amount of taxes," says Eldridge.

"Yeah we built our businesses ourselves, but we also rely on this community to build this business," says Andrew Emanuel, owner of Care-A-Van Transportations in Sioux City.

Business entrepreneurs and the Obama Campaign decided to start a council here in Iowa called Small Businesses for Obama, with some of the businesses and their owners right here in Sioux City.

La Juanita is one of them, along with Care-A-Van Transportations, whose owner says the President has done a number of things to help small businesses.

"If you look into the Small Business Administration, you can see the President has passed like some 18 tax cuts for small businesses which helps us with purchasing new equipment, or hiring unemployed workers or veterans, and these are really incentives to small businesses to continue to grow," Emanuel said.

Both campaigns are fighting hard for the support of small business owners, in the countdown to November 6th.

Polls show President Obama has an uphill fight when it comes to small businesses.
Inc. Magazine released a new poll showing Mitt Romney 15 points ahead among small business owners - 52% to 37%.

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